Editor's Picks 11 May 2013

Collection with 10 media items created by Editor's Picks

11 May 2013 08:00

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Election Day in Pakistan ( 8 of 28)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
10 May 2013

Women line up to cast their votes at a polling station in Rawalpindi.

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Herbal High (12 of 18)
Eastleigh, Nairobi
By Celeste Hibbert
11 Mar 2013

Eastleigh resident Mohammed chews khat daily. Khat is a a leafy stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. In these areas, khat chewing has a long history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya. March, 2013.

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Colombia’s Internally Displaced Perso...
Bogota, Colombia
By Natalia Margarita
17 Mar 2013

With over 4 million of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Colombia is among the top three countries of the world with the highest rates of internal displacement. Afro-descendants have been one of the communities most affected by Colombia’s inner armed conflict. Seeking for security, shelter and a way to make a living, over 7.000 afro-Colombians have arrived in Bogota’s neighborhood El Oasis. Through music and dancing they have found a way to deal with their problems and heal the wounds from violence.

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Transgender election candidate from P...
Jhelum City, Pakistan
By Muhammed Furqan
01 May 2013

At 46 years old, Lubna is transgendered and an independent elections candidate.

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Guarani Kaowa, Struggle for Land
Dourados, Brazil
By Frank Mora
05 Sep 2012

Guarani-Kaiowá is no longer, since July 30, 2012, only a name of another Brazilian Indian tribe. The designation was multiplied in the social networks in Brazil and in the world as an act of solidarity resulted from the dissemination (by the mainstream media) of the situation of the Indian group in their struggle for land in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.
In São Paulo and other cities, marchers showed their anger in protests. With the agitation of the cause, the situation of the Guarani-Kaiowá entered in the discussions in different circles. In this same period, the photographer and journalist Rodrigo Paiva was among the Guarani-Kaiowá, recording their way of life, their difficulties and struggles. In dozens of pictures and testimonials, he captured the reality in areas where Indians are settled and in threatened villages, so mentioned by the major media. He's also given voice to many other actors in this comprehensive scenario - authorities, farmers, experts. Besides deepening an issue that caused passion and mobilized the country, the documentary "Guarani-Kaiowá" presents these records revealing the delicate plot that involves the issue of this Indian group and their territory, in the physical space where it manifests itself. It also brings the subtleties and reverberations in addition to the phrases of protest and the layers that make this a matter of intricate and disturbing contours.

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The Unfortunate Displacement of Refug...
Salamiyah, Syria
By Fady
06 Apr 2013

Since the start of the Syrian clashes, a large number of Syrians have migrated to the city of Al Salmiya, which is located 30 kilometers to the west of the city of Hama. The city of Al Salmiya is considered the capital of the Ismaili sect and therefore is of large importance to Syria and the region.

In the wake of the explosion that targeted the headquarters of the People’s Committee at the end of January and the initial wave of refugees coming from both Hama and Homs, the security in Al Salmiya was tightened. This resulted in further unrest, including the abuse of the refugee population and the destruction of their housing.


00 :02 If we want to discuss the process of displacement to Salameyah, we have to dissect it into two different segments. The first is prior to the bombing that occurred two months ago in the city. The other segment discusses what happened post bombing.

00 :17 The city is hosting approximately 50,000 to 60,000 refugees. As a result, from the influx of refugees, the economy has flourished. The shopkeepers have benefited in a noticeable manner, trade volume has increased, and stores that are in key markets witnessed better work.

00 :35 The first major influx of refugees arrived in Al Salamiyah from Hama. Entire families moved to the area, most of them being women and children. The offensive on Homs brought another wave of refugees to Al Salamiyah larger than that, that came from Hama. After which, the bombing of the People's Committee occurred.

00 :51 The People’s Committee increased it security measures after the bomb detonation. Al Salamiya locals started going to the houses of the refugees, especially to tenants, and beat up some of the masses. They tortured the men and threatened their women and children. They claimed they want to beat and kill them. Furthermore, they shredded their rent contracts so that they no longer have alibis to stay, resulting in the refugees leaving the city of Al Salameyah due to fear and intimidation.

01 :17 The site of the bombings are these residential buildings and the headquarters of the people’s committee that was bombed. Also, this is the house of the head of the area.

01 :36 and this is the sign of the party again (inaudible)

01 :42 It was obvious that the refugees were kicked out due to, both, a security and military decision from the government. The tool to execute it was by the use of the thugs i.e the people’s committee. How ? By pressuring them, by attacking their homes and harassing them on the streets. They would take someones identification card and ask him, "you are from Homs. Whats brings you here?"

02 :00 My siblings were in Al Salamiya, so I moved to the area.

02 :06 I left Homs at the time that the big strike happened

02 : 12 In regards to the bombing that happened here in Al Salamiya, it instilled fear in people. We started hearing people say that they are going to kick us out and to be careful. As a result of that, we did not dare to go out even if we were short on bread. We were afraid to go out and buy bread.

02 :31 These are my kids, and there are my brother's children and the children of my other brother. We guided them to start working. My son who is in sixth grade is working for 100 Syrian pounds in order to finance himself.

02 :46 The refugees have nothing to do with this. We are sheltering women and children, they believed that we are sheltering the women and children of the men that are fighting outside.

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Palestinian Protest on Jerusalem Day ...
By Carlos van as
08 May 2013

Palestinian protestors confronted Zionists on Jerusalem Day in front of Damascus Gate. Arrests where made by Israeli security forces .

Jerusalem Day is a holiday that commemorates the establishment of Israeli control in 1965.

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Protests in Malaysia against alleged ...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By FirstName LastName
09 May 2013

Supporter at rally in Kelana Jaya Stadium

Malaysian protestors defy police ban to rally against election results
Thousands of protestors risked arrest to attend a rally to protest against what opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, has called “the worst electoral fraud” in Malaysia’s history.

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If You Eat Garlic, You Will Get Full
Heraat, Afghanistan
By sarakeawal
11 Jan 2012

This film features the miserable life of a group of children in the western city of the Heraat province of Afghanistan by showing their work on the streets of the city.

More importantly, it shows the ill behavior of the residents of the city toward these kids. The film shows how they are treated as outcasts in the society, with people not allowing them in the sports fields, shops, and so on.

The film is ten minutes long.

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Women Who Have Lost in Armenia
Tavush, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
08 Mar 2013

Although the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan was signed in 1994, peace didn't come with it. Ceasefire violations along the border are nearly an everyday reality in Armenia.

Unemployment and poverty, which affects more than one third of Armenia's male population in border cities and villages, has forced them to still risk their lives serving in the military as contractors after they fulfilled their mandatory service.

This multimedia piece features women who have lost their husbands and sons during ceasefire violations. These widows are now forced continue living their daily lives andtake care of their families alone.

On June 18, 2008, two residents of the Armenian village of Chinari (Tavoush) were killed by an Azerbaijani sniper. Twenty year-old Levon Petrosyan died from his wounds. When fifty year-old Rafik Saghoyan went to help Levon, he too was struck down.

On April 27, 2012 three Armenian soldiers were killed during clashes with an Azerbaijani military unit that had infiltrated the border of Tavoush Province. The soldiers who died defending the border were Arshak Nersisyan, Davit Abgaryan and Aram Yesayan.